The skin game 1931 studio melodrama o hitchcock says

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“The Skin Game” (1931) Studio melodrama o Hitchcock says this was the lowest point of his career. “Rich and Strange” (1931) 8
o Alfred and Alma wrote o Mr. and Mrs. Hill receive an inheritance from her uncle… who is still alive o They travel the world, and both fall in love with other people. They also get shipwrecked together. o The other relationships fall apart, and they end up together again, stronger than ever – like Alfred and Alma “Number Seventeen” (1932) o Suspense and thrills o Hitchcock didn’t think the script was good. o Not successful, and Hitchcock’s career was stalling. o In 1933, he was assigned to direct “Waltzes from Vienna” – a musical with no music. A new low point. o Needed a new direction. While working on “Number 17,” Michael Balcon came to see Hitchcock, who gave him a script to read… “The Man Who Knew Too Much” “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1934) o Hitchcock’s greatest success in Britain; found success in America, too o Husband and wife on vacation in Switzerland witness a murder o The dying man reveals a plot to kill a foreign dignitary in London o To keep the couple quiet, the murders kidnap their daughter o Couple goes to London and saves their daughter o The wife even saves the dignitary’s life by screaming at a concert to distract the killer o It was rumored that the story was inspired by a real-life plot on Winston Churchill o Several visual motifs: sloping ski life to sloping roof o Fast editing. Quick pace. o Sound plays a large part – famous ending waiting for assassin’s shot when cymbals crash 9
o That building anticipation is pure Hitchcock o Suspense vs. Surprise o First British appearance of Peter Lorre o Lorre went on to work in many American films, including “The Maltese Falcon” o Also stars as a serial killer in “M” by Fritz Lang o With “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” Hitchcock had regained his status as a great director “The 39 Steps” (1935) o Considered a Hitchcock masterpiece o Based on a novel by John Buchan with screenplay by Hitchcock and Charles Bennet o Ultimate Hitchcock – innocent man on the run to the Nth degree. o Main character trying to stop a spy organization from moving crucial information out of England o Meets a beautiful blonde, played by Madeline Carroll o “The 39 Steps” is chock-full of the themes we have discussed Quiz: 1. In an ironic twist of fate, Hannay survives being shot because of the copy of the English Dictionary he happens to be carrying in his back pocket.
2. Hitchcock's first job on a film was designing the title cards for silent movies.
3. The first sound British picture was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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FALSE 4. "The Lodger" was Alfred Hitchcock's directorial debut. TRUE FALSE
5. Mr. Memory is the main villain in "The 39 Steps."
6. Hitchcock as a filmmaker is known for his intense preparation, a skill he picked up as a youth analyzing bus routes.
7. The Director of a film has one main role - working with the actors.

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